The Duchess of Malfi, with Armbruster, Page, Rauch and Saxe, Begins Off-Broadway Feb. 23

News   The Duchess of Malfi, with Armbruster, Page, Rauch and Saxe, Begins Off-Broadway Feb. 23 The Red Bull Theater revival of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi begins previews Off-Broadway Feb. 23 at the Theater at St. Clement's.

Red Bull artistic director Jesse Berger stages the Jacobean play that is receiving its first Off-Broadway revival in over 50 years. Duchess officially opens Off-Broadway Feb. 27 and runs through March 14.

The cast includes Heidi Armbruster (Tea & Sympathy), Jason C. Brown, Clark Carmichael (Jumpers), Keith Hamilton Cobb, Matthew Greer (Cabaret), Carol Halstead (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man), Eric Hoffmann, Patrick Page (A Man For All Seasons, The Grinch), Matthew Rauch (Prelude to a Kiss), Christina Rouner (Coram Boy), Gareth Saxe (The Homecoming) and Haynes Thigpen.

"A great romance turns to horror as the Duchess of Malfi seeks true love in a world of forbidden passions," according to press notes. "A play for our time as much as its own, John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi examines sexual repression, honor, class, and the true value of the human spirit, in this explosive drama of Italian intrigue."

Duchess has set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jared B. Leese, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Nathan Leigh, puppetry and masks by Emily DeCola, hair and make-up design by Erin Kennedy Lunsford, choreography by Tracy Bersley, stage violence by J. David Brimmer and original music by Scott Killian.

The opening-night performance will benefit Red Bull, with a reception featuring special guests Lee Blessing, Brian Murray, Roberta Maxwell and John Douglas Thompson. Tickets, priced $60-$80, are available by visiting RedBullTheater or by calling (212) 352-3101.

The Theater at St. Clement's is located at 423 West 46th Street in Manhattan.

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